About this listing
Beautiful views of the Camden Hills and Lake Quantabacook from our comfortable and peaceful mountaintop camp. Our location is perfect for people who want to retreat from busy urban areas and the saturated tourist belt of the Maine coast. Abutting the Frye Mountain Game Preserve with easy access to the Sheepscot Watershed Land Alliance's network of trails, our camp manages to feel very far away from everything even though Belfast (a cool, small, not-too-touristy city--home of our restaurant, bakery, and market, Chase's Daily) is only twelve miles away. Off-grid, solar-powered, propane fridge, on-demand hot water, wood stove, compost heap out back, herbs to pick from the terraced gardens, fog lingering in the valley come dawn, stars aplenty in the true dark at night, moss and lichen gleaming in the rain, wildflowers brassy in the hot sun. Real kitchen suitable for cooks. Cotton sheets, soft pillows, comfortable beds (for us)—one queen sized and one double. No phone line, tv, or internet access. Good cell phone reception. Good pets are welcome!
Summer and fall $150 per night, five night minimum, or $1000 per week
Winter and spring--will consider shorter stays, 4wd or awd necessary.
Interaction with Guests
Our hosting style is by default at arm's length. We are available by email, phone, and text but not usually immediately--we are swamped by our jobs of restaurant and farm, particularly during high season. We trust that our hospitality shows through the beauties and amenities of our Camp.
Our camp is in the woods, with no neighbors in sight, a mile and a half up a dirt road. The view is expansive and the trails in the Frye Mountain Preserve are quiet and feel very far away from the intensity of urban life. Belfast is our town. It takes about 18 minutes to get to Camp from Belfast. We own and run the restaurant Chase's Daily, with our family, on Main Street in Belfast. We hope you will join us for a meal or stop in to buy produce, flowers, or baked goods. Hours and more info can be found on our website (URL HIDDEN) Belfast has everything you are likely to need--pharmacy, shops, restaurants, supermarket, waterfront parks, ice cream, etc. There are many good swimming spots--ocean and lake--within a half hour drive from Camp. Ellis Pond is our favorite. We also really like jumping off the dock at Bayside in Northport. Or, Lake St. George in Liberty with a stop at John's Ice Cream is a real treat.
There isn't any public transportation available. During the winter months awd or 4wd is necessary to stay at our Camp.
Other Things to Note
In Maine, a "camp" is a getaway: modest summer house, shack or defunct camper at lake's edge or deep in the woods. Ours isn't so different--we built it with recycled materials, hand me downs, deals out of Uncle Henry's, bits and pieces from Marden's and a lot of our own sweat and time. It is not fancy, nor is it a house. A camp is not for everyone and as the glowing reviews pile up for our listing we just want to be sure potential guests understand that our camp is surely not perfect. We love it, and love to share it, but it is a work in progress and still very much a camp. For example: our water is very hard with iron, our beds are poly-foam with wool toppers, the lawn is not a lawn but a wild flower tangle, and sometimes, though rarely, there are loud 4-wheelers on the Frye Mountain Road. The floor is just a painted sub-floor rather than a proper floor and the stitched together runners that form our Flokati rug sheds a bit. Sometimes, there might be a spider. "Camp" for Mainers is a chance to get away and relax, to be close to nature, to rough it a bit. Our Camp isn't so rough as a true Maine camp and we care a bit more about artistry and design perhaps than the next folks, but we don't think of our place as a showpiece. We think many people--adults and children--will love our camp as we do, but it is certainly not for everyone, nor is it perfect.
We list our camp as kid/family friendly but not every kid or every family will appreciate our camp. Our kid loves camp and has thrived there since day one, but then she has grown with it . . . every kid is different.
We built our camp because we needed it in our lives. It isn't a well positioned condo or investment property that we look to pump guests through. It is an extension of ourselves--the design, the artwork, the rumpled cotton and linen sheets, the garden, the outdoor kitchen, the this and that on windowsills, and the windows framing the long view over the Camden Hills--you will sense us here.
The Camp is solar powered. Guests will need to be aware of conservation in a way that is often neglected on vacation. We recently installed four new solar panels, to bring our total to ten, so while guests may need to watch their consumption on cloudy days, no one is likely to run low on power most of the year and are rewarded by their conscience by a small carbon footprint.
There is no smoking in the camp. The basement wall heater is intended to be used intermittently for supplemental heat. Recommended use is for 1-2 hours before bed and turned off at other times. The wood stove is the primary source of heat for the camp. We supply plenty of wood. Guests need to be aware of the battery meter and be conservative if need arises (extended cloudy weather). Power system shuts down when the batteries reach 75% capacity. We do not add a cleaning charge to our rent because we expect guests to leave the camp much as they find it and treat it with care. We also prefer to be alerted if problems arise, or if something gets damaged.
Traveler, painter, worker, Mama. We love our place and look to share it with the other busy and hard-working creative people out there that need a retreat. We are always working on our camp--outdoor kitchen, studio, tent platform, terraces--most still in the idea stage, though some are taking form.